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Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 396
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Friday 24 July 2009



1)  Reminder - IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat

2)  The Australian National University's Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts announces new professional development programs

3)  Wanted: Australia ICOMOS member for Disaster Guidelines Steering Committee

4)  Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) LA 2009 Conference Registration Open

5)  Call for Conference Papers - Volcanoes, Landscapes and Cultures, Catania, Sicily

6)  Symposium: Old - New: Rethinking Architecture in Asia, Thailand

7)  Tenders for Interpretation Plan - Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island

8)  Victoria's $2 million Heritage Grants program

9)  Significance 2.0 - Part 6 is now available online!


1) Reminder - IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat


The Australia ICOMOS Secretariat will be staffed at a reduced level between

COB Friday 17 July and Wednesday 12 August.


Thank you to all Australia ICOMOS members who have renewed their membership thus far - it is much appreciated. Please note that membership renewals will not be processed during the above time period.


The E-news will still be published. Please ensure all submissions for the E-news are submitted by 12 noon Thursdays.


Though the Secretariat will be staffed intermittently, responses to queries, orders, etc may take longer than usual.


Australia ICOMOS appreciates your patience during this time.


2) The Australian National University's Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts announces new professional development programs


The Australian National University is pleased to announce that more information is now available on the new Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts' core activities and range of professional development programs.  An initial program of activities is available on the new Institute website at http://rsh.anu.edu.au/ippha


The Institute will be making a call for individual members and organisational partners in late 2009. There is an interesting range of programs under development so far and any other suggestions for areas worthy of professional development are welcome.


The next scheduled event is on Tuesday the 18 August which will be a professional update session on World Heritage and Buffer Zones, including a summary of the recently released World Heritage paper 25 and its implications for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.


Please visit http://rsh.anu.edu.au/ippha/ for contact details and further information.


3) Wanted: Australia ICOMOS member for Disaster Guidelines Steering Committee


A Steering Committee has just been formed by Australia ICOMOS to develop disaster guidelines which will be posted on our website and provided to government, community and other organizations.


The guidelines will aid in the response to the damage wrought by disasters (e.g., fire and flood) on cultural heritage places. As a starting point, we have draft Bushfire Guidelines prepared by AI members in 2003, following the Canberra fires. For the sake of topical and geographical diversity, we are now looking for one or two Steering Committee members from the northern part of the country (northern NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory) with experience of the impact of floods on heritage places.


Conduct of the Steering Committee will be primarily via email, which will be coordinated by Project Manager Natica Schmeder. No travel is required.  The Steering Committee is expected to produce a substantive draft of the Disaster Guidelines by the end of October, for presentation at the AI Executive Committee meeting in November.  The draft Guidelines will then be released to the general Australia ICOMOS membership for comment.


Those interested in serving on the Steering Committee, please send a brief letter explaining your pertinent experience and interest to: Natica@dodo.com.au


4) Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) LA 2009 Conference Registration Open


Preserving the Modern Metropolis-APT in Los Angeles


The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) is accepting registrations for its Annual Conference, Preservation in the City Without Limits, scheduled for November 2-6, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Registration can be completed on-line at www.apti.org.


Los Angeles represents the quintessential American city of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Technological and social changes allowed an interconnected, yet scattered, collection of towns and villages to grow (sprawl) into one of the world's major metropolitan regions comprising five counties; more than 200 towns, cities, and municipalities; and more than 15 million residents. At the hub of this metropolitan agglomeration, Los Angeles invites rigorous debate between those seeing an urban utopia-complete with fast cars, movies stars, high-tech jobs, surf boards, fruit orchards, and mountain resorts-and those who envision a dystopian nightmare of race riots, air pollution, traffic jams, endless sprawl, and rapidly increasing density. Somewhere in the middle, for better or worse, lies the real Los Angeles, the model for the post-war 20th century American metropolis and (sometimes considered jaded) blueprint for the World City.


The APT LA 2009 Conference in Los Angeles will address the scientific, engineering and technical ramifications of preserving the modern metropolis and its expansive body of historic resources through the four Conference tracks in the program.


Conference Highlights - Keynote Speaker, Tuesday, November 3


Preservation in an Age of Economic Challenge-More Necessary Than Ever


Kevin Starr, University Professor and Professor of History at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, will argue that the preservation of historic structures at a time of economic challenge, such as we are now experiencing, makes more than mere economic sense.


For further information please visit http://www.aptconference.org/


5) Call for Conference Papers - Volcanoes, Landscapes and Cultures, Catania, Sicily


The first World Conference on Volcanoes, Landscapes and Cultures will be held in Catania, Sicily, 11 -14 November, under the auspices of UNESCO, the Council of Europe and relevant Italian Institutional and Academic authorities.


The conference objective is to provide answers to the increasing demand for comprehensive policies focusing on the protection and enhancement of the huge natural and cultural heritage represented by volcanic landscapes and territories together with the people living therein, all over the world. Conference organizers are looking for papers addressing preferably one of the topics of the four major themes:


  Nature and science

  Nature and culture

  Volcanoes and sustainable development

  Volcanoes and tourism


Please note - deadline for abstracts is 15 September and submitters will be notified by the end of September.


For more information about registration, modality of participation, call for papers and other matters, please visit:  www.etnacatania2009.com.


6) Symposium: Old - New: Rethinking Architecture in Asia, Thailand, 20-21 August


The 8th Silpakorn Symposium on Architectural Discourse, Old - New Rethinking Architecture in Asia, will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, 20-21 August.


Opposing views, such as old and new, are apparent in architecture in Asia and have raised several questions among architects and societies.  Although countries in Asia have been undergoing a process of rather rapid transformation from traditional (old) to modern (new) for over a century, the two have not blended together smoothly.


Keynote Speakers will include:


  "Architecture and Cultural Significance", Professor Rahul Mehrotra.

  "Copying the Tradition: Brand New Old Buildings", Dr. Pierre Pichard.

  "Conservation as a Catalyst in the Development of Historic City", Professor Dr. Harsha Munasinghe.


Symposium details provided in Thai and English can be sourced at http://www.arch.su.ac.th/th/news/detail.php?ContentID=138&GroupID=12


For more information, please contact Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University, Na Pralan Road, Bangkok 10200, Thailand,

Email: SilpakornADS@gmail.com



7) Tenders for Interpretation Plan - Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island


The Administration of Norfolk Island invites tenders for the planning, design, preparation and implementation of an Interpretation Plan for the Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA). The Plan will need to address visitor experiences and expectations as well as the local community's continuing daily uses of the Historic Area. It will be of a standard suitable for a place of Territory, National and potential World heritage significance.


Tender documentation and further information are available from:


The KAVHA Office

No 11 Quality Row, Kingston

Norfolk Island 2899

Telephone: +6723 23101

e-mail: bbaskerville@admin.gov.nf


Tender closing time and date: 3. 00 pm Friday 31st July 2009


8) Victoria's $2 million Heritage Grants program


Victoria's Heritage Grants program, an initiative of the strategy Victoria's Heritage: Strengthening our communities provides funding for:


  Repair and conservation of heritage places and objects

  Community collections management 

  Interpretation of heritage places and objects

  Local government heritage studies and advice


Information brochures and application forms are available for download at http://www.heritage.vic.gov.au/Funding/Heritage-Grants.aspx


Enquiries about the program should be directed to Heritage Victoria on (03) 8644 8909 or via email at heritage.grants@dpcd.vic.gov.au


Please note applications close on Thursday 6th August 2009


9) Significance 2.0 - Part 6 is now available online!


The Collections Council of Australia is pleased to announce that the complete version of 'Part 6 - Significance in action - applications' is now available ONLINE.


If you own a hard copy of Significance 2.0 - a guide to assessing the significance of collections, you will know that only a summary of this section was printed in the book. Now you can access Part 6 in its entirety.


Click HERE http://significance.collectionscouncil.com.au/online/848 to read the full case studies for the applications of interest to you.


By the way, the book is freely available online, or can still be purchased for $29.95 by clicking HERE or send an email to: info@collectionscouncil.com.au.

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